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What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People Paperback – April 15, 2008
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It is important to realize that reading people is a skill. You don't become great at it over night or an expert right after reading the book. Just like any other skill, you have to practice and work at it. You develop the skill of paying attention and picking up on the little things. Once you are able to do that, you then have to determine what all of those things mean. I'm a single male, small business owner and avid poker player. Being able to read people can be very useful in dating, business and at the poker table.
One thing that is very interesting is that some actions or "tells" are very common and seem to always mean the same thing. Other actions or "tells" are unique to each person. What may mean one thing for one person, may actually mean the opposite when done by another person. The "magic" of being able to read people is being able to determine what those actions mean for individual people. Sometimes it's not an action at all but it is what people DON'T say or do that can paint you the entire picture.
In my business, I use my ability to read people to determine whether or not they are being truthful or are uncomfortable with something. If I see them acting in a certain way that makes me believe they are uncomfortable, I go out of my way to explain things to them so that they might be more comfortable with the situation or outcome.Read more ›
UPDATE 6/2016: It's been over 7 years since I wrote this review. Time flies... I still regard this is a "great book" and highly recommend. I since have retired from my command position with the department I worked for (retired 3/14), where I was in charge (Captain) of the investigative units that handled homicides, sexual assaults, child abuse, domestic violence, internet crimes against children, juvenile division, elder abuse, financial crimes. Feel free to look at the size of the agency- [...]
My rank was Captain, and the entire investigative division was the Central Investigations Division. Over my nearly 4 decades in law enforcement (since retirement I have joined another agency as an investigator), I have raked in hundreds of training hours attending countless classes, seminars, conferences dealing with advanced investigative techniques- including interviewing and interrogation, reading body language, etc.Read more ›
Since I found that a lot of the points made in the book are easy to pick up on and understand, I will point out some of the points I highlighted as interesting. If you have a decent amount of life experience, I think you'll find that you know as much as I do or more on the topic already.
- "When there is stress, the lips will begin to tighten and disappear" (Lip Compression)
- "We purse out lips or pucker when we are in disagreement with something or someone, or we are thinking of a possible alternative"
- Concealment of hands (under tables, behind objects) should be avoided because this can be perceived as uncomfortable, withdrawn, sneaky, or deceptive.
- Finger pointing is an offensive gesture.
- Steepling of hands is a sign of confidence.
- Thumbs sticking up, or sticking out of pockets is a display of confidence.
- Stroking of fingers or palms is a sign of nervousness/ low confidence.
- The feet are the most "honest" part of the body.Read more ›
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